EVANSVILLE, IND. – The Lake Erie College baseball team dropped its series and season opener at Southern Indiana University Friday (Feb. 22),as two bit innings early sent the Screaming Eagles on their way to a 17-4 win.
Both teams put a runner on in the opening inning, but failed to score. It looked to remain scoreless in the second before the Eagles (1-0) mounted a two-out, four-run rally. Southern Indiana scored a run and then loaded the bases in the fifth to chase junior starter Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge). The home team tacked on four more runs to take a 9-0 lead.
The Storm (0-1) scored three runs in the fourth, with senior 3B Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) doubling in a run and scoring another. Lake Erie closed within 9-4 on Blood's sacrifice fly in the sixth.
After sophomore Russ Hogue (Belle Center, Ohio/Indian Lake) kept the Eagles in check through most of the middle innings, Southern Indiana padded the lead with four runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings.
Hogue allowed a run on five hits in four innings of relief, striking out a pair and not walking a batter. Kilway (0-1) suffered his first loss in almost a calendar year. He won his final six decision of last season following a defeat at Southern Indiana Feb. 25, 2012.
Offensively freshman Zach DeCamp (Gahanna, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales) had two hits in his college debut while Blood finished with two RBI. Sophomore Josh Hudeck (Macedonia, Ohio/Trinity/Ashland) had a hit, walked twice and scored two runs.
Brad Wannemuehler had three hits to lead USI. Four other Eagles had at least two hits. Ben Wright (1-0) allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings to earn the win.
The two teams will play the middle game of their three-game set on Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 1 p.m. CST.